Reade Tilley was a World War II Ace with seven victories, all of which
were scored while flying with Eagle Squadrons of the RAF. Following
the war, he became deeply involved in the Air Force information field.
During the Cold War he helped General Curtis LeMay set up SAC.
He is arguably the one person most responsible for developing the structure and practice of "modern" USAF public affairs. Many innovations he introduced changed military public affairs forever and are still in use today.
Reade served as director of information for U.S. Air Forces in Europe
during the Berlin Airlift, became the architect for the Strategic Air
Command’s public information program, and served as director of
information for Pacific Air Forces during the Vietnam conflict. After
retiring from the Air Force, he became an independent public relations
To learn more about Colonel Tilley, you can read his biography and Oral History here.